Every year I get the chance to travel to Lodi Wisconsin to shoot the Midwest Palma Championships and the Wisconsin State Long Range State Championships. This is always one of my favorite matches and this year was no different. Since last year Winnequah Gun Club has made some changes to their range and because of this it allowed more people to participate in this year’s match. We had over 100 shooter participate and it was an amazing sight to see so many people enjoying themselves and growing the shooting sports.
The first day was the 4-man team match or the practice day. I shot the practice and what an amazing opportunity that was to get zeros and work on my new left handed prone position. Until my new left-handed prone rifle is built (more Details to come soon on that) I am shooting my dad’s right handed Eliseo rifle with a let handed cheek piece. At first it was very hard to get used to because everything was so backwards but after a little practice using that rifle got much easier and felt more natural. The next 3 days consisted of shooting a Palma match each day followed by some sort of “extra” match. The first being a 1200-yard match then the next two days were two-man team matches at 900 and 1000 yards. The last day of the Midwest Palma Championships was 3 strings fired at 1000 yards. The course of fire was an any Palma, then an any irons, and lastly an any any
match. Usually I just shoot my Palma rifle the whole way through the match but this year I had the opportunity to put a scope on my rifle and shoot with a scope for the first time. I was so excited that I had this opportunity that I must have told everyone on the range at least twice that I get to shoot a scope this year. When it came down to it I had more fun than I thought I would. However, I learned very quickly that shooting a scope is very different than shooting with iron sights. That night was the awards Banquet and with tons of door prizes I think everyone left with something. Whether they won a match or not. The food was great and the conversations were refreshing. Catching up with old friends and getting to know new ones. There were pictures taken jokes made and laughs shared. At the end of the night I said my goodbyes to those I knew were going home and I would not see shooting during the weekend, and told the rest I would see them tomorrow. The next morning, we began the Wisconsin State Championships which consisted of a Palma match shot on Saturday and two strings at 1000 yards shot on Sunday. Although I did not get to shoot on Sunday due to a gun malfunction all the support I received made it all OK. I had an amazing trip and cannot wait to go back next year and do it all over again.